I love knowing what others are reading. It provides an insight to who they are on many levels. Are scandalous romance novels your dirty little secret? Does an edge of your seat mystery feed your adventurous side? Are auto biographies your view into another’s exciting life?
Personally, psychology and self help books are my go-to. I’m fascinated with how the mind works and how I can be the happiest and best person I can be.
As I mentioned in another post, in therapy I’m working on not being a people pleasing push over. I’m defining and enforcing boundaries. And I’m removing toxic people from my life. With all of that said, These are my five favorite self help books.
“You are a badass. How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life.”
This may be my favorites on the list. I love the bluntness and how she encourages the reader to not only love them self, but demand that those in your life do the same or hit the road. I’m always appreciative of a well placed F bomb, and need to hear about self love more than most. The author is blunt with tough love. You are only a victim if you allow yourself to feel like one. Toughen up, be the awesome bad ass that you are.
“The five love languages.”
This book alone has done wonders for my marriage and many of my closest friendships. It not only taught me how to love, but how to show and understand love appropriately. Many believe they aren’t happy in their marriage. Most of the time, it’s not that they are unhappy, but that they, or their spouse, don’t know each other’s love languages. This book showed me that Charles needs touch, while I need words of affirmation. Once we knew this, we could both be more intentional about how we showed each other love. And in result be a stronger and more-loving couple.
“7 habits of highly effective people”
As an over achiever I tend to take on too many things all too often. This book taught me the importance of prioritizing. Putting things in quadrants (I use lists) of level of importance has saved me from losing my mind a time or ten. Never settling was another huge part of this book. Set goals, obtain them, and keep climbing the ladder achieving more and more. Aim to be the best and happiest person you can be. Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. You deserve it.
This one was a no-brainer to be on my list as it’s one I needed to read the most. I have to start prioritizing myself and self care. I have to love myself above all else and take the time for myself that I need. Especially on bad days. I need to be gentle with myself when I need it the most. I need to take mental health days and not feel bad about them. I truly, deeply, completely need to love myself.
“Secrets of six figure women”
What would my favorite self help book list be if I didn’t have a financial book on the list? This book, like “You are a bad ass” really has a blunt approach. I love that it not only showcases women on top, but it shows you how they got to where they are. There were a variety of back grounds, up bringing, and other histories that all went into play. No one was handed their success. They each worked for it. It has that “don’t be a victim” attitude that I have grown to love in all of my favorite self help books. I think my the most insightful aspect of each book was that most of the women weren’t driven by money or fame, but by desire and truly fulfilling their dreams.